The exhibition includes about 100 works representing the nude male body in drawings and engravings from the 15th to the 20th centuries, starting with the era of Albrecht Dürer.
The naked man has been a major subject in art history since Greek antiquity. Renaissance artists took the nude to a new level, using mythological, biblical and secular subjects to convey the human skin. At the same time, the study of anatomy provided a new basis for depicting the nude. Academic nudes established themselves as the standard of artistic study.